Love your enemies? Be kind?
Psalm Response: The Lord is kind and merciful.
Last week, Jesus gave us words to live by, The ‘Beatitudes,’ or blessings. Today, Jesus reminds us to be compassionate and forgiving. Jesus continues to explain what he means and how we should live.
We are so quick to judge others harshly. Would we want God to judge us that way? Jesus says we should remember that mercy is paramount. To act like God, we should show mercy (Lk 6:36 Golden Rule).
We don’t treat our enemies like they treat us. We don’t exact revenge. We treat them with kindness and mercy. Luke records these words for us in Chapter 6 so we would understand what Jesus means. Our reward is that as we give, we receive more. We don’t receive what we deserve from God. It’s not like the potato chips bag or cereal box that has been shaken down leaving the bag half empty. God’s gifts are shaken down and overflowing. Be sure to forgive and give using God’s measurement. This can bring you Jesus’ peace, too!
”Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” Luke 6:37-38
Blessed are you, when you love like God loves. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Bring the Kingdom of God alive by practicing peace, love and justice, wherever you are!
Scripture Focus for February 20, 2022 Mass